2016 Ag Day at the Capital

Water quality and Current Agricultural Use Value (CAUV) were the main topics of discussion during Ohio Farm Bureau’s annual Ag Day at the Capital. Hundreds of Farm Bureau members from around the state gathered Feb. 9 in downtown Columbus to meet one-on-one with their state senators and house representatives to talk about these two OFBF priority issues as well as other community issues.

State Attorney General Mike DeWine gave the keynote speech, talking about how Ohio’s heroin drug epidemic is financially and emotionally draining families and communities, especially in rural and suburban areas. Concurrent sessions were held on Ohio Farm Bureau’s work with the Natural Resources Conservation Service to set up farms in the Western Lake Erie Basin that demonstrate ways to reduce nutrient runoff. Marcie Seidel, executive director of the Drug Free Action Alliance, took a deeper look at OFBF’s marijuana policy.

Ohio Farm Bureau thrives because of our members. It’s through your outreach with state legislators that we continue to elevate our priority issues. ~ OFBF President Steve Hirsch


Geauga_AgDay2016Geauga County Farm Bureau members met with Rep. John Patterson, D-Jefferson, (left) in his office.

LickingCounty_AgDay2016Sen. Jay Hottinger (left) and Rep. Scott Ryan (right) had lunch with Licking County Farm Bureau members where they talked about OFBF priority issues.

FisherResolution_AgDay2016Sen. Jim Hughes presented OFBF Executive Vice President Jack Fisher with a Senate resolution honoring him for his years of service.

DeWineAgDay2016Attorney General Mike DeWine spoke about heroin’s impact in communities across Ohio.

Videkovich_AgDay2016During a meeting with Sen. Troy Balderson (left), Pickaway County Farm Bureau President Mike Videkovich (second from right) talked about the need for adequate funding for the maintenance and building of local roads and bridges. He presented a Farm Bureau policy that townships receive funding from motor vehicle license fees based on the number of miles of roads in their township instead of each township getting the same amount of funding. Both Balderson and Rep. Ron Hood expressed interest in the proposal during their meetings with Farm Bureau members.